Hike Through Rock Creek Park

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Distance

9 miles

Elevation Gain

450 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

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This dirt trail is 9-miles out-and-back, but you can choose to turn around at whatever point you prefer. It makes for a great urban hike or run. Along the route, enjoy great views of the Potomac river.

This is primarily a dirt trail, which is pretty rare and fantastic for hiking and trail-running. Depending on where you exactly start, it's roughly 4.5 miles, so it's a pretty moderate hike/ run or almost 10miles if you do the out and back. There are also a ton of other paths, so you can easily add on extra miles if you want to or get on the Valley Trail if you want to make it a super loop.

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11 months ago

Needs work

This could be a great park if people took better care of their trash. Beware doing this to early in the day and don’t walk here at night.

1st Time

This was my first experience hiking/running through a trail like this. Very refreshing and full of adventure. I️ definitely recommend wearing proper shoes for this, it can get slippery with the rocks and wet leaves. Overall had a great time.

Enjoyable Hike Or Bike In The Town Center

I run or bike here every other week and have always loved this trail. It feels like you're out in the sticks despite being in the heart of the city. It's a safe neighborhood but some woman disappeared a few years back when she was running through the park...don't let it deter you...DC can be dangerous anywhere. It's a pretty place and an easy running/biking spot to hit after work on some idle Tuesday.

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